Direct Entry MSN Programs 2013 - page 30

Anyone on here applying to direct entry MSN programs that begin in summer or fall of 2013? I think I have finalized my list of programs to apply to, and I am beginning to get everything together to... Read More

  1. by   the healer's art
    I'm also worried about notifications and when deposits are due. The cost of these programs is really important. I wish I could hear from all of them (and about finances) before I had to put down a deposit. I wish I could afford to put down multiple deposits but that's impossible.

    It would be really heartbreaking to get into a good school and then turn them down in the hopes that you'll get into a cheaper school but not get into that cheaper school! Or to accept a school's offer and then not get to go to a cheaper one that accepts you because you've already put down deposit money at the more expensive school. Sorry that sounds complicated but I think you know what I mean.

    Hearing from Duke in April is SOOOOO late. I wonder why they changed it from previous years? I know in previous years they let students know around the same time as other schools.
  2. by   morganw1
    That's a hard one hopeful. What's your ranking of all the schools you've applied to? If it were me I would choose two definite schools one that's a little cheaper and the cheapest. I would save to put down two deposits ( still pricey but not as pricey as 4 or 5 schools) then if I do get in to the cheapest of the two, just withdraw all together. Yeah it would suck to lose the money but what's worse... having the chance to decide between two schools or letting the more affordable school slip by when you know you might have been able to go. These are just thoughts and me babbling. Are you set on price as the deciding factor? what about program location? I'm also going off of housing. Considering I live on the west coast, not having on campus housing available as an option is a factor for me ( yes, it's more expensive but it's safer and makes sense to me). Just some things to think about.
  3. by   rainkissedleaves
    This is how I think of it- what is a couple of thousand bucks (max $2000- really pushing it) in the long run when you will be making more than enough in the future? You will thank yourself (or your parents/whoever is supporting you financially) for securing a spot at a school and becoming the nurse that you worked your butt off for! Hopeful- I agree, I would cross the bridge if I see it. Personally, I have spent more neurons, time/effort into getting good grades, applying to schools, working on making my essays and what not that is incomparable to the deposit money. But that's how I think to make myself not worry about the finances ....yet.

    It would certainly not be ideal if this were the case for me- if I put down the deposit for a more expensive school and about to begin my journey at that school only to find out a cheaper school accepted me and there's nothing really I can do about it now.
    Last edit by rainkissedleaves on Dec 10, '12
  4. by   hollysf
    Does anyone know of any late applications, in addition to NYU, that I could apply to around March for a fall start? I am considering my back up plans. Although I really hope I won't have to use them!
  5. by   RVLy
    Hey hopeful,

    I noticed you said we hear from JHU in February...I just had my interview with them on Friday and they said they're pushing it to let everyone know March 1st. I was under the impression we would know in February also. Maybe they're getting a lot of applicants?

    But I also am a little concerned with the timeline but hopefully everything will work out for the best!

    Best of luckk
  6. by   the healer's art
    Quote from hollysf
    Does anyone know of any late applications, in addition to NYU, that I could apply to around March for a fall start? I am considering my back up plans. Although I really hope I won't have to use them!
    University of Cincinnati's program is kinda weird but you can apply until July for a fall start. I know Georgetown and UMass Boston's absn programs have a February 1st deadline. I would totally do that but I'd feel bad asking my recommenders for more recommendations. But I would be interested in finding more though. I'm getting nervous.
  7. by   meep05

    Thomas Jefferson University, Case Western, University of Rochester, and U of Illinois @ Chicago all have applications that open in Jan. Actually TJU and Case are open now. Case is rolling and I am pretty sure so is TJ. Also UMass Worchester is another accelerated BSN/MSN that is due Jan. 15th I am 90% applying to those 4 because I feel like I need more schools and backup plans!

    The cost of these programs is absurb so if I get into Penn or Columbia (2 of the most expensive schools I applied to) and they don't offer me a significant financial aid package, I will most likely put a deposit down one of them if I haven't heard anything back from another school, but if I got accepted to a cheaper program I would be obligated to go to that program. Debt is a huge concern of mine and as much as I would love to be an NP and say I went to an Ivy League school is not cost effective for me to be 200k + in debt when starting salary is around 75K.
  8. by   hopefulnurse24
    I think you hit most of the schools with a later deadline! Northeastern also isn't due until January 15th. It's important to remember that Thomas Jefferson has very few specialties available, though.

    More on the topic of financial aid... I can't speak for most of the programs, but for Penn I know tuition is around $98,000 but they do offer financial aid in the form of grants and some scholarships, beyond the loans that they will offer in financial aid packages. I also learned the other day that the Perkins loan can be partially forgiven if you work in nursing, so there's another grant a lot of people don't think of! Duke also has a loan repayment option for graduating from their program and working in Duke Hospital - they pay back $49,500 of your tuition. If you ask me, that's a pretty good deal! And HRSA also has a loan forgiveness option (different from the HRSA scholarship) that seems to be available at quite a few hospitals (not just "critical shortage facilities").
  9. by   bbcc
    hollysf - UIC's program has a March 1st deadline but it begins in January 2014, not Fall 2013, if that makes a difference for you! It being a state school, even the out of state tuition is much less than the private schools. (Making note that I've read last year's UIC thread and seen the comments about the extra years meaning more tuition, etc - but my understanding is once you're going to school, you can qualify for in-state tuition, so it cuts the cost way down - I might be wrong though!)
  10. by   the healer's art
    University of Southern Alabama has a program that has a deadline for April 1st (but they say they accept late applications) to start at the end of July. That seems like it's cutting it close but it's another option.

    USA College of Nursing - Accelerated BSN/MSN
  11. by   hopefulnurse24
    I have a friend who will be attending USA next month, and she has had friends go through the program who have loved it. And she LOVES the town already!
  12. by   fromCAtoNY
    I am in the stage of taking most of the pre-requisites for a couple of direct entry MSN programs I am interested in for becoming an FNP. I am looking into Vanderbilt, Boston College and Columbia (my top 3) and have been doing research on a couple of other schools right now as backup options. I got my bachelor's degree in Fashion Design from a university in california awhile ago and have been trying to enroll in Anat & Physio and Micro at local community colleges but all of these classes fill up first and since I have not taken any classes at the community colleges my registration date is too late to even make the waitlist for these classes! I don't want to go spending money on classes I don't need to get a better registration date.

    I am toying with the idea of taking Anat & Physio online during Spring 2013 but I know there are some schools that will accept it and some that won't. Out of my top 3 choices I know that Vanderbilt and Columbia accept online classes but does anyone know if Boston College does?

    I am just slightly bummed that I've been trying to get into these classes at local colleges and haven't had any luck which then pushes back me applying to schools and limits my school choices.

    Anyone know other schools that accept online science classes that include labs but aren't considered wet labs that are accelerated MSN programs for FNP specialty?
  13. by   kdiem
    For those applying to OHSU, the admissions counselor states decisions for interviews will be sent out in mid-January. She didn't say if its via email/snail mail. Their website says interviews for direct entry midwifery programs are on Jan 24, 25, 31 and Feb 1st.